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The course is 5000m (5K) long. The course is in Len Rutter Park, Florida Park, Johannesburg and run on grass with some rutted sand and gravel tracks and concrete paving. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.
Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.
Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.
The Roodepoort parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:
- Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
- Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
- Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
- Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
- Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
- When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
- Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
- Remember to warm up before the run.
- If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
- If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
- It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
- You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
- Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take extreme care of other runners around you. If possible start from the back of the field and try to keep to one side of the main body of runners.
We hope these tips help to ensure that Roodepoort parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results.
Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.For more information, please see our Support page.
Starting at the lapa, head in a southerly direction following the path towards and along the river. Continue along the path up a slight incline. Make a right turn onto the concrete foot path. Follow the path heading in a westerly direction to the river and cross the bridge section next to the road. Follow the path towards the right. As you continue up the rise, there is a sharp turn to the right, marked with a flag. Continue along the path in a northerly direction. The path will eventually bend to the left on an incline and lead to a dirt road. Join the dirt road and turn right onto the footpath marked by the flag. The path makes a sudden right turn and follows the perimeter of the park to the north-east corner of the park. At this point you will turn right and follow the path and flags as you cut across the park back to the starting point of the run to begin the second lap. On completion of the second lap, runners will make a slight turn to the left and into the finishing area.
Location of startWe start on the grass, adjacent to the lapa/toilet facilities and car park. GPS: 26˚ 09’49.80”S 27˚ 54’26.39”E
Getting there by public transportComing soon
Getting there on footEnter the park from any of the entrances and make your way to the Lapa near the corner of Mcinerney Ave and Aandblom St.
Getting there by roadComing soon
Post Run Coffee
Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee after the event.